Hybrid SUV's

Discussion in 'Tow Vehicles, Hitch & Towing' started by freepopup, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. freepopup

    freepopup New Member

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    Can you tow with a Hybrid SUV and what kind of torque will it put out. I was looking at my friends new car and saying to my self if all SUVs go this way towing anything bigger than a blow up camper will be out of the question.I hate this I hear story's of family's going across country and now the lack of gas makes it where I will more than likely never take my rig off the island.But we have like 10 good camp grounds without going more than 60 miles.

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    Can you tow with a Hybrid SUV and what kind of torque will it put out. I was looking at my friends new car and saying to my self if all SUVs go this way towing anything bigger than a blow up camper will be out of the question.I hate this I hear story's of family's going across country and now the lack of gas makes it where I will more than likely never take my rig off the island.But we have like 10 good camp grounds without going more than 60 miles.

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    The internal(gm) info I've seen says yes but i have not seen any final literature on them yet, as far as specs I've don't have any of that info either yet. I soon as it hits I'll pass it on

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    I briefly looked at the specs for GMC's Yukon and it looks like you could. A computer switches between power modes based on driving conditions. It specifically said it operates under full V8 power on highway speeds and while towing. However I would doubt that you would get much better fuel economy than a regular yukon while towing and I doubt the extra cost of the hybrid model would be recouped in fuel savings.
     
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    "A computer switches between power modes based on driving conditions."
    Which is just a more sophisticated version of the "overdrive" on my Ranger. When in hilly areas I switch it off, most of the time though it's on and just switches off when it needs to.
    Same principal for the hybrid, just a lot more complicated.

    Long answer short: No reason you can't, long's the manufacturer says ok.

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    Howdy folks

    a few weeks ago when this thread started i call our marketing group for info. I just received this link for public info on the hybrids we (GM) offer. I'm still trying to get some engineering info on more exacting performance related specs. So enjoy the link and more to follow as I get it

    Ray Cooper
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  6. Digger

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    Within Ray's link is this page which briefly mentions towing with hybrids, and shows a pic of a Hybrid Yukon towing a boat.

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    I've seen specs for the Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2000 w/o Tow pkg, 5000 with tow pkg)and the Saturn Vue hybrid (2008 model 2 mode not yet available 3500)and they both support towing. The Ford Escape Hybrid and the earlier Vue hybrid can only tow 1000 lbs.

    James

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  8. Yellowkayak

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    I know it helps in little ways going "green" but the high cost of these things is what is going to keep the "regular" consumer from buying them. They have to get those prices way down from their current price to make it feasible (gas wise) to purchase. As far as towing, they have the power, but way to expensive for my wallet. I'll stick to my Chevy Crew Cab (2007) that gets 14.8 MPG towing my Fleetwood Niagra loaded. 21 MPG on the highway not towing. Sure beats my Jeep Wrangler that got 11 MPG in town, and 17 on the highway (5 speed) and NOT a lead foot. Not to mention is can only tow 3500 and that is pushing it.

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    Well in Canada the base Hybrid Highlander is only $2000 more than the base Highlander, and the government has a $1000 rebate on top of that.

    So it depends on the situation. The highlander is still an expensive vehicle, hybrid or not.

    One of the best engines for towing was the Jeep liberty diesel a few years back, it could tow 5000 lbs. It was pulled off the market due to emissions standards but word is that it will be back.

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